|Winner’s Podium for Thornham Deli||September 2016|
“We are absolutely chuffed to bits,” was co-owner Janie Thompson’s reaction on picking up the prestigious award. Janie paid tribute to the team who work so hard to make the Deli a vibrant and high quality place for all its customers.
Thornham Deli is a Winner
More than 250 people gathered at the Awards and representatives from more than 40 food and drink businesses enjoyed a three course meal provided by Julie Abbs Catering before the award winners were announced.
The event, which has become one of the most prestigious events in the food and drink calendar, celebrates the very best of Norfolk’s food and drink industry, from great chefs and inspiring school food projects, to fabulous produce and brilliant pubs.
The judges had the difficult task of choosing 11 winners from an exceptionally high standard of finalists. It followed an intensive summer of tasting, visiting and interviewing the numerous entries into the competition.
The event was hosted by David Whiteley, who presents Inside Out on BBC1, along with Norfolk Magazine editor Angi Kennedy.
Speaking after the event, Angi Kennedy said: “These wonderful awards showcase the brilliant food and drink that our region has to offer – as well as the stars and experts who are the true champions of this important industry.
“Once again we have seen many new businesses enter the awards, as well as those who have been an inspiration to the food and drink industry for many years.
“This year’s nominations have been extremely high in both quality and quantity. We would like to congratulate all of the finalists who have made it through the judging process.”
Thornham Deli was named winner, ahead of Prior’s of West Lynn and Walsingham Farm Shops. In the citation, the judges referred to the Deli’s vision of putting Thornham on the map and benefiting the local community as well as the way the Deli has quickly become a hub where people can buy local food and drink.
‘Our vision has always been to provide the very best of Norfolk produce to residents and visitors alike,” said Deli manager, Denise le Gallez. “For the judges to have recognised that is also a tribute to all our suppliers. We have worked hard to develop great relationships with all our suppliers, so this award is for them as well.”